27-year-old Swedish DJ/Producer Adrian Lux knows what it’s like to produce a high caliber track. You’ve probably heard his Grammy nominated “Teenage Crime,” a song that rolls out like a new Benz and has earned its keep as one of the more crisp and rippling dance tracks over the past few years.
The Marcus Schossow assisted “Wild Child” has only further highlighted Adrian Lux’s niche for hit song making. Some have used the term “anthem house” to describe Adrian’s texture, while others find his compass pointed towards a futurisic approach to indie music.
The Suprima Staff was able to sit down with Adrian before his set at Create Nightclub not too long ago to ask him how he’d define his style as well as his take on numerous subjects relevant to the dance music scene. Take a look below:
Suprima Staff: When thinking of talents such as Avicii, the guys formerly of Swedish House Mafia, Eric Prydz, Dada Life, etc. it’s clear that the Swedes have one of the firmest grips on dance music culture. Obviously this has its advantages and disadvantages. How do manage the space of, on one end, having these guys that you look up to and having a competitive spirit at the same time?
Adrian Lux: Well for one, I think we all have our own styles. But as a disadvantage, I can see how some people might see it as all the same thing because it’s coming out of the same place. We definitely love working with each other and everything, but we all love doing our own thing. Of course there’s always going to be competition, but I’ve always felt that if you can go out and be the best at being yourself, no one who can tangle with that. Personally, it’s been good and I’ve been getting a lot of support from those guys.
Suprima Staff: You definitely have your own style. From reading some of the comments on your Soundcloud, words such as “beautiful” and “emotional” were used a lot when listeners described your tracks. What inspires you about making more emotionally driven material than some of the harder, more electro fueled stuff that seems so popular right now?
Adrian Lux: There are probably a million explanations for it, but I just like it. I guess it’s also that, when I play it, it goes that way. A lot of the club music I like is more emotional, the stuff that allows you to get lost in music. I like the more techno stuff too, so when I play, I like to mix a lot of that stuff into a big melting pot.
Suprima Staff: Talking a little bit more about the Swedish guys, it’s true that both Avicii and Axwell have remixed songs of yours. Sometimes you’ll see an artist love a remix to their track so much that they pretty much only play the remix version in their sets. Do you find yourself doing that or do you prefer to stick with your original material?
Adrian Lux: Of course someone like Axwell is much bigger than me. “Teenage Crime” did very well, like on radio and stuff like that, but obviously Axwell’s version was huge. Some DJs were even playing it at some of the big festivals. So I definitely played the Axwell mix, and sometimes I still do, but I definitely like sticking to my own thing.
Suprima: You have worked with a lot of Swedish talent. Many of the vocalists and songwriters that you work with are Swedish. Can you give us any info on some American talent that you might be working with? We spoke to the Chainsmokers a while back and they mentioned that they were working on a track with you.
Adrian Lux: Yes, we finished a song together and I just started recently playing it out. It’s funny because, when you’re on the road and doing so many shows, it’s kind of hard to find tracks to play other than your own stuff. It’s difficult to fill a whole set list with your own material, unless you’re someone like Eric Prydz, so I had to think to myself who was good and fun to see. They came to mind, and from there it happened.
Suprima: It’s interesting that you’ve described your sound as more indie, and the Chainsmokers have been noted for pushing this new “indie-house” genre into the dance music conversation. Is this something that played a part in your collaboration?
Adrian Lux: Yeah, definitely. They sent me over some stuff, and of course at that point it was nothing playable, but it had some really good vocals so we went from there.
Suprima: Can you give us any more projects to look forward to in the coming months?
Adrian Lux: I have a track coming out called “Sooner or Later,” which will be my next single. It’s featuring Kaelyn Behr, who’s known for the vocals on “Sunrise” by the Aston Shuffle. That one is a big room song, but it mixes a bunch of stuff in there, and I guess in that regards, has more of a James Blake feel to it. I’m very proud about that one.
Adrian went on to play one of the more fluid and well-crafted sets in recent memory. I don’t think he spoke out to the crowd once, but he told such a story through the music that it wasn’t necessary.
Suprima Musique would like to thank Adrian and his management once again for the honor.